Fol Espoir in association with
Jermyn Street Theatre
Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain
Created by Dan March, Jim Millard, Matt Sheahan
and John Walton
Directed by John Walton
Set and Costume by Martin Thomas
Sound by Jon McLeod
Movement by Sam Fogell
Accent support by Stacey Jenson
Writing support by Freddie Machin
Performed by Dan March, Jim Millard and Matt Sheahan
“Wholly idiotic, inducing a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience… an unforgettable experience.” ★★★★ The Stage.
It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England – where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.
Inspired by the 1942 pamphlet given to GIs on their way to Blighty, the show will take the audience back to the British home front, where two American officers have been charged with explaining British life to their recently arrived countrymen. The problem is, they’ve only just arrived themselves! Will the plucky team succeed in explaining the quirks and customs of everyday British life? Or will Hitler’s propaganda split the allies asunder? The future of the free world hangs in the balance.
“Packed with puns and innuendo, the slickness and pace of this brilliant group made it great fun for all ages… A thoroughly entertaining evening.” ★★★★ Essential Surrey
“The feel-good factor started as soon as we entered the theatre.” ★★★★ The Richmond Magazine
This rib-tickling new show for adults and families is from the creators of ‘Winston On the Run’ (★★★★★ WhatsOnStage, ★★★★ Exuent) and ‘Dr Brown Because’ (★★★★ The Times, The Sunday Times, Time Out).
“A tender snapshot of wartime Britain – fast-paced, affectionate, authentic and wildly funny.” ★★★★ The Stage
“Ridiculous witticisms, idiotic imaginations and a wonderful on-stage dynamic… this show is definitely one to see.” A Younger Theatre
Adapted with permission from the Bodleian Library’s publication “Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, 1942”.
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday Matinees 3.30pm
£22.00/£20.00 concessions/Students (Under 26 ID req) £15.00: Only available from 23rd May.
Mon 3rd/Tues 4th £15.00 previews